Sheila Dong

poet & writer

About

Sheila Dong is a poet and writer based in Tucson, AZ. They are the author of Moon Crumbs (Bottlecap Press 2019) and have work published or forthcoming in 30+ literary journals. Sheila holds an MFA from Oregon State University and is a poetry reader for Random Sample Review. They identify as Chinese-American, nonbinary, and aro-queer.

Publications

"7 dreams of life and death" in Radar Poetry (Forthcoming June 2021)

"tea disservice" and "dearest friend" in Menacing Hedge (Forthcoming April 2021)

"On Hawthorne" in Lines + Stars (Forthcoming)

"under the turtle light" in Up the Staircase Quarterly (Forthcoming)

"Tracery" in Whale Road Review

"Daylight Saving" in Sheila-Na-Gig

"The Phoenix Speaks" and "The Ballad of Lan Caihe" in beestung

"changeling" in The Night Heron Barks

"absentee" and "two pennies" in B O D Y

"magic eye picture," "bad influence," and "reckoning" in Gone Lawn

"fruit," "mirror," and "pigments" in Heavy Feather Review

"The Tights She Wore" in Stone of Madness Press

"lucid dreams," "made in america," "the fiend as a girl," and "in vitro" in SOFTBLOW

"witness" in The Citron Review

"chromatic" and "online dating profile" in Juke Joint

"How You Thought It Would Happen" in Rust + Moth

"stridulation" and "lullaby" in Rogue Agent

"things that are true" in Pretty Owl Poetry (p. 26)

"swan as a verb" in Stirring

"Apache-Sitgreaves" in Rockvale Review

"You have no reason to be this upset," in Open Minds Quarterly (Print)

"Ouroboros," "News Cycle," "Glut," and "Letters to Blue" in Old Pal Mag

"A narwhal's tusk" and "How Are You?" in Arcturus

"Leading Questions" (essay) in Palimpsest (Print)

"The Garden of Eating" in Moonsick Magazine (Defunct, RIP)

"The Dreamly Prey," "Fox Pup," "Cygnets," and "Beautiful Hospital" in Menacing Hedge

"Song of the Salt Pillar" and "Pulchritude" in Prairie Margins (Print)

"#stuckinthevoid" in Runestone

"On Being Thrust into Legal Adulthood" in Glass Mountain (Print)

"Rise" in Words Dance (Defunct, RIP)

"When I Loved Pyrobabe," "Soliloquy," "Rapture," "But Wait - There's Less!," "Hypochondriac," "Life Dissipates Art," "Artifact," and "Ascensions" in Persona (Print)

"Stale Coffee" in Sun and Sandstone (Print)

"Confabulated" in Scribendi (Print)

"A Particular Kind of Poem" in Collision Magazine (Print)

"Paradox of Entailment" in Verbatim Found Poetry

Moon Crumbs

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Prose poetry chapbook, Bottlecap Press, 2019

What are moon crumbs? Tidbits to light your way. Surreal, poem-like pieces that tell of hurt transfigured to healing, of the strangeness and wonder of growing up, of finding beauty in the face of inevitable loss. Moon crumbs are bite-sized, paragraph-length confections that taste alternately sweet, bitter, and savory; playful, sad, and rapturous. The speakers in this chapbook find their joy in nature, language, body, and artifacts of living, but most of all in love and human connection. So what are moon crumbs? Call them prose poems, call them lyrical vignettes, call them snacks for the soul, sprinkled down from a luminous place.

Review by Ally Harris in The Poetry Question
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